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under george w. bush -- >> 19 times. they voted 19 times. some $4 trillion they raised the debt ceiling 19 times under bush. without a peep, without a squeal. regular, standard votes. >> bill: no demands. >> no demands at all. >> bill: no unless you do this, we're going to shut it down. just 19 times. and now it is pure politics with barack obama. and i thought the president did a very good job yesterday of calling them out. we played this clip earlier. the republicans have two choice. do the responsible thing and pay our bills or -- >> send this country into a tailspin. it will be on their heads. when you have outside republicans saying you can't play these kinds of games you're going to pay for it politically, at the end of the day, i don't know how many of them are going to be able to. >> bill: ben bernanke from the fed telling congress hey, get serious. get serious. raise the debt ceiling and stop playing games. i don't know igor. got a lot to keep track of. somehow you manage to stay on top of all of it. >> great team over at think progress. >> bill: thinkprogress.org. thank you so
ceiling even though they did so 19 times with no strings attached under george w. bush. they won't do so again this year unless they get massive cuts in social security and medicare. why should we be having this fight after all? shouldn't we just pay our bills as the president says? >> you know, i just wonder if these individuals also when their credit card bill arrives say, no. not going to pay it. >> they might. >> i am not going to pay it. we are spending too much money. so i am just not going to pay my bill. really? it's it's like a non-secquitor. these have been racked up by congress. they have proposed those expenditure. now the bills are due. to put any strings attached to it is kind of nuts. >> . >> what's the way out of it? >> there are six numbers of congress including myself today introducing a piece of legislation to just scrap the idea of the debt ceiling which no other country in the world has. it's an unnecessary encumbrance that the idea, as you -- in the constitution. >> any other country could -- there is unlimited amount -- in other
. george w. bush, when he was signing no child left behind did that in front of a school of children in ohio. you've even got ben quayle, the former congressman from arizona got into some trouble when he sent out a campaign flier with two children on it that looked like they were his daughters but it turned out he doesn't have any kids and they were his brother's children. >> bill: lindsey graham used his sister's kids as props. that's different. >> children, there's no precedent there saying children are completely off-limits in politics. i think the question here is a lot of times they've been brought forward to these kind of presidential conferences after a policy agenda item has been achieved. this time the white house is moving forward with them in order to try to persuade americans to change their minds on this issue. i think that's where there was a little bit of disagreement here on the conservative side. >> bill: but they'll bitch about anything that obama does. as far as i'm concerned this whole national attention this focus and this demand for action really was triggered -
. >> bill: he was not there. former president bush was not there, george w. by the way. he said that he had to stay with his dad. his dad is very, very -- declining fast. he thought it was important to stay in houston. right back. [ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> bill: hey, good morning everybody. what do you say, january 22nd. so good to see you today. this day after a glorious inaugural day yesterday here in washington, d.c. indeed, it was a glorious day. starting out with that great inaugural ceremony at the capitol. a very powerful inaugural address by president obama. a lot more -- a lot more meat and lot more fire in that than people expected. then great music provided by james taylor and kelly clarkson and beyonce. very colorful inaugural parade.% two official inaugural balls last night. and today a big day of prayer. a ceremony at the national cathedral. we continue to celebrate here this glorious day when all americans can celebrate the president's second term and also a great day of renewal for our american democracy. we got it covered from every angle. we'll take your calls as well. but firs
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